Herbert Berghof

Actor, Director, Acting teacher
A highly respected acting coach whose influence on American stage and film acting can be seen in the work of his students--Geraldine Page, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft and ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1909 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (10)

Target 1985 (Movie)

Schroeder (Actor)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

Dr Huber (Actor)

Those Lips Those Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Dr Julius Fuldauer (Actor)

Voices 1978 (Movie)

Nathan Rothman (Actor)

Dark Victory 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastermind 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

Rivetowski (Actor)

Red Planet Mars 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

Arnov (Actor)

Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A highly respected acting coach whose influence on American stage and film acting can be seen in the work of his students--Geraldine Page, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft and Fritz Weaver among others, Berghof also won acclaim as an actor on stage in "King Lear," "The Andersonville Trial" and "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer" and in the films "Five Fingers" (1952) and "Cleopatra" (1963). He directed the American premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in 1956.

Relationships

Regina Berghof

Mother

Paul Berghof

Father

Leticia Ferrer

Step-Daughter
born in 1940 father, Jose Ferrer

Uta Hagen Actor

Wife
Born in 1919 met in 1947 married from January 1957 until his death

Alice Hermes

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Vienna State Academy of Dramatic Art

studied with Max Reinhardt

University of Vienna

Milestones

1985

Final film, "Target"

1964

Founded HB Playwrights Foundation

1963

Had supporting role in "Cleopatra"

1956

Directed American stage premiere of "Waiting For Godot"

1952

Film acting debut, "Five Fingers"

1947

Became charter member of Actors Studio

1944

Opened Herbert Berghof Studios, acting school in West Village section of Manhattan (now known as HB Studios)

1940

First major role as actor on Broadway, "King Lear"

1939

Broadway debut in "From Vienna", performed by the Refugee Artists Group

1939

Settled in New York

1938

Fled Vienna when Nazis overran Austria

1927

Made stage acting debut in Vienna in "Don Carlos"

1927

Was a member of the St. Gallen Repertory Theater in Switzerland

Frequently performed at the Salzberg Festival in Austria

Joined the Volstheatre in Vienna

Bonus Trivia

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Berghof also taught at the New School, the American Theater Wing, the Neighborhood Playhouse and Columbia University.

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